the Black African rhino can be found in Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia,
South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe as well as Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and
Zambia where it has been successfully reintroduced.
The White Rhino could once be found
across sub-Saharan Africa but today its numbers are down to around
11,000, mostly in South Africa and they have virtually been wiped
out in more northern areas. The White Rhino prefers flat grasslands
whereas the Black Rhino prefers woodlands. Both enjoy waterholes and
are most active at night. The African Rhino is a herbivore.
rhinoceros's (from the Greek words – rhino (nose) and
ceros (horn)) are at serious risk from
poaching, with their horns seen, particularly in the east, as having
medicinal qualities as well as ornamental value and this risk has
been exacerbated with the levels of civil unrest across larges
swathes of the African continent since the 1960s.
They are attacking beasts (charge first,
ask questions later) with a horn made not of bone but from the same
material as makes up human hair and nails, keratin, with the largest
horn recorded being just under five feet long. If broken off these
horns re-grow. They live in "crashes" with a gestation period of 15
months. The young will stay with their mother until another calf is
born by which time they are usually fully grown and ready to live by
The female buffalo normally has
offspring every two years from the age of 4-5yrs with a gestation
period of 11-12 months and the children, once born,
remain dependent on their mother for almost a full year. Female
calves tend to remain in the herd permanently, whilst the males
often leave by the age of four.